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The Value of Visuals

I had an interesting chat with one of my co-workers the other day and learned something new.  She visualizes in words.  The way she explained it to me was that when she hears the word “apple,” she sees words that describe an apple like “red” or “green” and “round.” This …

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Foundational Business Analysis Training

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills It should come as no surprise that if you change your requirements after you deploy, it costs A LOT more. Here’s a fun (read scary) fact: 65% of features stakeholders define for a product are rarely, if ever, …

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BDD

Using the BDD: Bounding your Requirements Objects

The Business Data Diagram is a powerful, high-level RML model that can help bound the scope of data for your project. It can also be used to visually convey a sophisticated strategy for bounding your requirements objects and their traceability. I was recently working on a project where we had …

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Categories of Models

Don’t write requirements, model them

While helping a client improve their requirements gathering practices, our team had the opportunity to communicate the details and impact of our work at the end of the project. As we stood back and surveyed the many activities that had taken place, we found that the vast majority of project …

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minecraft world

Game Theory & Project Management: Part 2

If you missed Part 1 of this series, click here to read it first! Minecraft is probably the hottest new game franchise of the 2010s. You either play Minecraft or know someone who does. In the game, a player starts from scratch and creates a new world limited only by …

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cats playing chess

Game Theory & Project Management, Part 1

We all play games. From hot potato to hopscotch, we play several hundred different games in our lifetime. We play video games, board games, card games, and sport games. With more games created everyday, the options are endless. What if you wanted to make a new game? Will it last? How can …

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Knowing How to Use Your (Requirements) Tools

When it comes to any project, the right tool makes all the difference.Whether in woodworking, engineering, or fashion design, having the proper tools makes things easier and more efficient. The same can be said in the world of requirements. The need for requirements tools in the world of IT product development is …

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I love decision tables!

I’ve been working on a financial services project that has a LOT of complex business rules that are changing to meet regulatory compliance as well as business needs. Over the past couple of months I’ve made a few system flows, but I’ve discovered that the decision table is my best …

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When Your Job Becomes Your Life

I wanted to  share some interesting thoughts about my job as I approach my one year anniversary here at Seilevel. At first glance, the title might allude to a worker who is frustrated, but I assure you that is not the case. In fact, it is the exact opposite. If …

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